The day finally arrived for the new SILGRANIT sink and
Quartz countertops.

We have never, in all the many, many years we have been married and owned houses, done such a renovation to a kitchen! I know, so many people gut and renovate (almost at the drop of a hat, it seems…) but for us this was truly a first. We have painted, we have had new appliances, we’ve installed new lighting but this is the first time I have actually chosen a new sink and countertop!


This is the now-gone Corian counter and sink.



Oh that sink…it never got really clean.

And, ta da, here is the new one:



But, of course, it’s not just the new sink that is SO fabulous, but the new countertops.
We chose Viatera ‘Minuet’ Quartz. Yes, it looks a lot like marble, doesn’t it? But I definitely did not want marble and was not crazy about the granite choices. Our center island is granite, but it’s dark and looks wonderful. I’m not a fan of the lighter granite colors as they show so much grain and pattern. So we looked at many, many quartz styles. Caesarstone and Silestone are the best known brands of Quartz but you definitely will pay more just for the name.

We went to Schneider Stone (ask for Susan in Chapel Hill…you will just love her!) as we had for the island. Their prices were good and the labor is excellent.


As you may notice, some of the grout is missing above the quartz backsplash. The subway tiles are not quite level, so all that has to be remedied when the painter comes. Oh yes….next up is painting the cabinets. Now they look SO dingy and yellowed and old with the new counters. And, I’m lightening up the gray walls: six years and now the color seems too heavy.

Here is the old gray Corian:


A work in progress:


And the new Quartz:


That’s it for now. More to come! Paint, new hardware and new under cabinet lights and we will be finished!!

Final Signature